Keep your sweaters looking good and lasting longer with these care tips:
- Carefully fold your sweaters, don’t hang them or smoosh into a drawer.
- Use a soft bristle brush to remove fuzz, hair and lint.
- Follow washing instructions, paying attention to the tag instructions about whether to wash in cold water. Air dry thoroughly before folding.
- If a sweater has lost its shape, dry cleaning is a good way to bring it back into shape. If you want to repair it yourself, and it is a cotton sweater, soak it with water and pad the areas you’d like reshaped then dry flat. With wool sweaters, the best choice to bring loose areas back into shape is steam finishing. Acrylic fibers are trickier and may not be restorable.
- Always clean sweaters before storing them for the season. This is important because insects like to feed on the food and beverage stains, which will weakens or cut the surface fibers and could leave a hole or create small veins or trails across the surface. You can further protect sweaters with all-natural mothballs.
- Habitually wearing a coat over your sweater or a rougher fabric under it can create friction that will decrease the lifespan of your sweater.